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Alaric Is The Best Villain 'The Vampire Diaries' Has Ever Seen

Thu, May 3, 2012 4:29pm EDT by Andy Swift 6 Comments

The May 3 episode of ‘The Vampire Diaries’ will introduce us to a darker, dangerous Alaric & I can’t wait to see him in all his evil glory!

Before I begin, let me make one thing clear: I love Alaric Saltzman (Matt Davis). I loved learning about his backstory in season one, I loved seeing him fall for Jenna (Sara Canning) in season two, and I loved watching him grow as Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Jeremy’s (Steven R. McQueen) guardian in season three. But as we approach the season’s final two episodes, I believe we’re seeing the best version of Alaric yet — and dare I say it, we’re seeing the best villain The Vampire Diaries has ever given us.

Until now, the show has followed a pretty basic blueprint in terms of introducing its major villains. Just look at the way Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Katherine were presented to us: We heard about them, we feared them, we met them, we hated them… then we learned more about them, and slowly began to love them. Suddenly they became antiheroes, rather than full-blown villains, which left the show without any one character for the Mystic Falls’ gang to focus their fear on.

But Alaric becoming an evil vampire — Mystic Falls’ most powerful evil vampire, in fact — is a major departure from all that. A character we know and love is suddenly in the opposite position, and I’ve never been so full of emotions. On one hand, I really want to see him get killed. We know there’s no good left in him, and letting him live will only allow him to wreak more havoc. On the other hand… it’s Alaric!

So not only do we finally have a big bad who’s out for blood, but we also have a gripping story line with built-in potential for tears. So many tears.

On top of all that, Matt Davis is at his best when he’s given intense material to work with. His acting was on-point when Alaric was possessed by Klaus last season, and the past few episodes have undeniably been his finest yet. If we do end up losing Alaric this season, at least he’ll go out on top.

Watch a clip from tonight’s episode below, then cast your vote: Is Alaric The Vampire Diaries‘ best villain yet?

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— Andy Swift

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